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In addition, EPA is required, under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, to establish tolerances for pesticides that remain in or on foods or animal feeds. The EPA was also given the responsibility of reexamining and reregistering all pesticides that were in existence when the FIFRA was enacted in 1947. This was necessary because the thousands of pesticides that already existed when the EPA was established had not been tested for their health and environmental effects according to the new laws.

But the way in which the Agricultural Department is suddenly committing itself on such an enormous scale may be definitely worse than the fire ants' bite. " This criticism did not deter the program's supporters. It did, however, spur congressional reaction to pesticide research legislation that had languished since its introduction at the height of the gypsy moth episode. This program was only mildly successful, but the stage was set for the onslaught against the use of pesticides that erupted in the 1960s.

55) The enemy is 2,4,5-T, a powerful phenoxy herbicide contaminated with dioxin, generally considered the deadliest substance ever created by chemists. The story, of 2,4,5-T symbolizes many environmental issues, pitting a powerful corporation against a grassroots movement unaided by the government agencies designed to protect the environment and the public health. , Who's Poisoning America. San Francisco: Sierra Book Club, 1981, p. S. Department of Defense stopped the use of all herbicides in 1970 for the defoliation of the jungles in South Vietnam.

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